Michael Brown mounts his comeback

February 28, 2013

Former D. C. Council member Michael A. Brown says he’s exonerated. Is he? (Michael Temchine/For The Washington Post)

Michael A. Brown is mounting his comeback, making the rounds of candidate forums and community meetings as he seeks to retake an at-large D.C. Council seat. Among his talking points these days, Tim Craig reports in the Post, is that he’s been exonerated in the investigations into what happened to the $113,950 that went missing from his campaign account last summer. Exhibit A, he says, is the Office of Campaign Finance’s decision to pursue fines against his former treasurer, and OCF’s chief counsel says we “never had any suspicions that Michael Brown was involved in any impropriety.” Cutting against that claim is that OCF investigators apparently haven’t spoken to the ex-treasurer, Hakim Sutton, and federal prosecutors remain silent on the probe and have not charged Sutton or anyone else. Brown has another issue, too: Some key supporters have been peeled off by other candidates, primarily interim council member Anita Bonds.

In other news:

Kaya Henderson believes she can keep 80 percent of students in closing schools from leaving DCPS (PostExaminer)

Cathy Lanier overrides complaints board to keep a few cops on the job. Is it legal? (Post)

When the council reprimanded Jim Graham, what did it all mean? (Loose LipsWRC-TV)

Big hole in city ethics laws: Political nonprofit fundraising (Loose Lips)

“War on drivers,” ‘Zaminer style (Examiner)

Counterpoint (WashCycle)

Some large families are filling the D.C. General homeless shelter (Post)

Metro studies improving service on the 80 “hospital bus” route (Post)

The D.C. Public Library has fewer books, and that’s OK (Housing Complex)

Lots of questions, few answers at Lincoln Theatre meeting (Arts DeskDCist)

Takoma gets a Busboys and Poets; Brookland’s probably next (Capital Business)

Metro rail chief David Kubicek steps down after six years (Post)

Meanwhile, rail car reliability is not up to snuff (Examiner)

Getting help for a starving dog is not simple (Washingtonian)

McMillan plans are rejiggered (UrbanTurf)

Ugly street signs proliferate (DCist)

Transgender activists say Cathy Lanier is too buddy-buddy with hate crime task force chair (BladeDCTC)

“Cups” conquer Deal Middle School (Post)

Six teens indicted for roles in November stabbing death at Woodley Park Metro (Examiner)

Are “ecoATMs” facilitating the stolen cell phone trade? (Blade)

Tommy Wells wants IG to look at FEMS overtime (Examiner)

Firefighters caught up in uniform spat have to answer another round of management questions (WRC-TV)

Dispute atop DYRS officer union continues (WaTimes)

Streetcar update: New Web site is up; testing will begin soon (GGW)

J.K. Rowling wins 2012 D.C. Public Library circulation sweepstakes (DCist)

Man arrested for shooting pellet gun at school buses (PostExaminer)

Jair Lynch gives up on smaller H Street project (UrbanTurf)

Joe Lieberman sold his Burleith row house for $1.2 million (WBJ)

There are four cities better at car-sharing than D.C.? (DCist)

No bonuses for LivingSocialers (WBJ)

Trinidad loses its malt-liquor vending machine (DCist)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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